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Weatherman warns of extreme high temperatures across Kenya this week

By Hilary Kimuyu February 20th, 2024 2 min read

The Kenya Meteorological Department has announced that most parts of the country will experience extremely high temperatures during the day in the next seven days.

The latest weekly forecast by the weatherman says several parts of the country including the Coast, North-eastern and North-western Kenya will experience daytime temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius.

During the first week of February, Nairobi’s highest temperature measurement reached 32 degrees Celsius.

Lamu, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale, Taita Taveta, Kajiado, Makueni, Kitui, Machakos, Kiambu, Embu, Laikipia and Baringo will also see average maximum temperatures of over 30°C.

KMD added that only sections of Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Murang’a, Nyeri, Nyandarua, Nakuru, Elegeyo Marakwet, Trans Nzoia and West Pokot are expected to experience average maximum temperatures of below 25°C.

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Temperatures are expected to be warmer than average throughout the country during the forecast period. However, some parts of the country in the South Rift Valley, the Lake Victoria Basin and the Highlands East and West of the Rift Valley are likely to receive light to moderate rainfall.

The World Meteorological Organisation suggests that January was the hottest month on record, a trend seen for much of last year which was recorded as the hottest year in history.

The weather body cautioned that the high temperatures might result in heat-related discomforts such as heat stress, headaches, and fatigue.

The public has been therefore urged to hydrate properly and avoid working in the open specifically during the afternoons, when the temperatures are at the peak.

“The high temperatures expected during February in most parts of the country may lead to heat stress and heat-related discomforts such as headaches and fatigue. The public is therefore advised to hydrate appropriately and avoid working in the pen, especially in the afternoons,” it stated.

Kenyans have since taken to social media to speak about their experiences with the increased temperatures.